Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sewing Supplies Drawer Unit

Hi and welcome! I have a sweet little Sizzix project to share with you today. I don't use my sewing machine so often nowadays, except for on paper, but I did a lot of sewing growing up. I made tons of dolls clothing and also liked to make my own clothes. 

This little Sewing Supplies Drawer Unit was made with one of the new dies by French General, called Box w/Drawer. The dies are awesome, and certainly not only for sewing topics. You can see the whole release here. I had fun using some old and new embellishments to decorate my drawer unit. The papers are by Graphic 45, the Home Sweet Home collection. The project is smaller than you might think and very cute and dainty. It would work great for a dollhouse too. The finished drawer unit, excluding the stuff on top, measures 2.5 x 2.16 in. 

The little boxes were die cut from patterned paper. You can also skip the lid of the box and make open drawers. There is an extra die cut to place in between the drawers in that case. There are instructions for how to assemble project in the packaging insert. Use this die cutting sandwich: Extended Cutting Pad, die facing up, Extended Premium Crease Pad.

The 'frame' for the box was die cut from thin chipboard and covered with patterned paper. I inked all the edges and added a second layer of patterned paper. 

The basket and pair of scissors come from the French Icons #2 Framelits Dies w/Stamps set. The scissors were embossed with platinum powder and the box stamped with Potting Soil ink. I used the coordinating dies to die cut them. Use this sandwich: Sizzix Magnetic Platform, Cutting Pad, paper, die facing down, second Cutting Pad. The cute thread spool was die cut with the Sewing Basket & Supplies set, from wood veneer. I also added a vintage button and a safety pin.

I had fun decorating the top of the box. The measuring tape was done by adhering natural sticky-back canvas to cardstock and embossing it with the Ruler folder. I did two pieces and stapled them together (you don't really see the staples). It was inked and rolled up. I suddenly remembered the little sewing machine charm which I got more than ten years ago, and was pleased to manage to find it in minutes.  

Here you can see the measuring tape from behind, and some more buttons. I picked up a huge amount of vintage buttons years ago and always enjoy using them.

The pair of scissors was die cut and embossed with Platinum powder. I inked them with Black Soot ink to cover up any remaining white. The spool was die cut twice and glued together. I inked through the die with Walnut Stain.

I thought the little tea pot charm fit in here too.

 Here you can see the box from the top.

The other side of the drawer unit looks like this, with another sweet paper.

The stamped and die cut bee comes from the French Icons #2 set. I also added some more buttons and a safety pin.

These little boxes work great with double-sided paper. I haven't quite decided what to put in them yet. I think they will be the home for some small embellishments, such as the wood veneer shapes used to decorate them.

I made little handles for the boxes by layering a button on top of a stamped and die cut flower, and adhering with embroidery floss. I was planning to give this sewing drawer unit away, but it is so cute, I might keep it for myself.

I hope you enjoyed this project and thank you for stopping by today!

Happy crafting!



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Watercolour Resist Box Tutorial

Hello friends! Today I have a watercolour resist tutorial to share with you made for this month's Eileen Hull Art With Heart challenge 'Choose your own theme'.

I love to read and from when I started reading up until my twenties or so, I had what I called a 'book book', where I documented all the books that I read; the author, number of pages, year of publication, a short summary and if there were any quotes that I liked. I found one of my 'book books' the other day and it was fun to look through it. At some stage I stopped doing that and the other day I realised that even though I often mark quotes on my Kindle, I rarely go back and look for them, and somehow it is a little harder to remember which books I read when they are not physical books on the shelf. So I thought I'd make a little project where I can jot down some details about books that I particularly liked.

I had fun using my new Brusho Crystal Colours here, I just love seeing the magic when they blend. As soon as I have played around with them some more, I'll do a video. You can see another project I made with them here

Start by die cutting the Box w/Scalloped Flap from white mat board. This is an XL die and it needs the Extended Cutting Pads. Use this sandwich: Extended Cutting Pad, die facing up, mat board, second Extended Cutting Pad. I ended up not using the two little flowers. 

I used stamps by Darkroom Door on this project and started by white embossing the French Script background stamp on the box. I brushed some of the powder away, for a more distressed look. Also, brush the powder off from the flaps before you melt it, since melted powder makes it harder to adhere the project together.

Now to the really fun part. I misted the mat board with water and sprinkled Emerald Green, Turquoise, Light Brown and Grey Brusho crystals on the mat board. You need very little. Mist again to make them blend more. When the mat board was dry, I coloured it on the inside too.

For the journaling cards, I cut 2.8 x 3.6 in rectangles from smooth (hot press) watercolour paper. Add a little bit of Brusho Crystals in a paint palette and add some water. I always use a plastic pipette to add water, since it gives me great control. Mix to make watercolour paint. Mist the paper and paint sort of randomly, using the same four colours as for the box. If you want to, you can sprinkle just a few crystals here and there into the wet paint.

I made one side of each card a little darker and one side lighter. These are the lighter sides, for the writing.

When the cards were dry, I stamped them with various Darkroom Door images and words, using Watering Can ink. The grey ink gives a softer look than black. I also used the Splatter stamp to add some texture.

Round the corners of the cards.

Die cut a bird and two leaves with the Birds & Butterflies set from a left over piece of coloured watercolour paper. Die cut a second bird to place underneath the first one, since the wing will be folded up.
The bird was stamped with another script stamp and Watering Can ink and given an eye. It was inked with Hickory Smoke.

I stamped this wonderful sentiment on a left over piece of paper and cut it into strips. The twine both keeps the box close and serves as a nest for the bird. I used hot glue to assemble the box.

I like the combination of script and a typed font.

Glue the leaves in the corner.

I love the blended colours of this project. The Emerald Green is almost shining. I aimed for darker colours than what I often use here and tried out different colour combinations on scrap paper first. It was actually my son who added the Grey, because he wanted to test all the colours in the box and picked that one out first. When we tried it, I liked the way it looked together with the other colours that I had already chosen. Here you can also see that you can spot the text also where I brushed off the powder, pretty cool.

Here's a look at the back of the cards. I used the Bookworm set, but also a bunch of other stamps, since books can be about so many different things.

These are the lighter coloured side of the cards, making it easier to see what will be written there.

And some more cards.

I love the unpredictable effect of watercolours, here it almost looks like a storm is coming, but with a tiny bit of a yellow sun reflecting in the water.

Isn't this a lovely rose?

And of course, there had to be a close up of one of the cards with a bird. Books give freedom to discover places and times far away from your own.

Here's the back of the box, with more yummy colour.

The box is 3 x 4 in and is also a great size for storing business cards. I used a Black Soot marker to cover up the white mat board along the edges of the box.

Here you can see the open box and the pile of cards.

Thank you for watching! I hope you enjoyed this post. There is still time to join us in the challenge.

Happy crafting!



Additional supplies:
Surfaces: Fabriano Hot Press Studio Watercolor Paper
Stamps: Darkroom Door: Prague Vol 2